Tekken 8: Everything we know – trailers, character roster & more

Tekken 8 release date character listBandai Namco

Tekken 8 has been drip-feeding fans new details of its story and character roster. Since it’s initial teaser at EVO 2022 we haven’t received an exact release date for the title. But you can look to this guide for everything we know so far.

Tekken 8 will be the latest entry in the long-running fighting game franchise. A teaser trailer from EVO 2022 gave us a quick look at Kazuya Mishima, but nothing else.

Now, after a flashy trailer during the September 13 Sony State of Play event, we got to see a fight between Jin and his villainous father, Kazuya Mishima, showing off what the game could look like.

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We also got a glimpse into Tekken 8’s story, revealed by the cinematic trailer released during The Game Awards 2022.

With the anticipation building for the next release in the franchise, here’s everything we know so far about Tekken 8.


Is there a release date for Tekken 8?

Unfortunately, no. While the State of Play and The Game Awards trailers gave us a lot more to look at than the EVO teaser, we still haven’t gotten an official release date for Tekken 8.

However, a recent report from Insider Gaming has revealed that gamers can expect the latest Tekken entry to release in 2023.

During a recent investor meeting, developer Bandai Namco hinted at an early 2023 release date for Tekken 8. “We are planning a large number of projects. Tekken 8 is also under development with the aim of launching in fiscal 2023 or later.”

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The only thing we know so far from the trailer is that we should “stay tuned” for more updates. It’s more than we got from the EVO trailer considering the game’s title drop, but not much else was shown on this front.

What platforms will Tekken 8 be on?

It has been confirmed that Tekken 8 will release on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

PS4 and Xbox One consoles will likely not receive a version of Tekken 8, as the developers have said they’re “Pushing the feeling of power in battles continuously further by harnessing the power of the latest generation of consoles.”

Tekken 8 character roster

The first Tekken 8 trailer showcased Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima, making them the first two revealed characters. And, while Devil Jin is a separate character from normal Jin in Tekken 7, there’s no reason to believe that’s the case in Tekken 8 just yet.

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Along the Mishima brothers, so far Paul Phoenix, Nina Williams, Martial Law, Jun Kazama, Jack-8, King, and Lars.

Tekken 8 Jin vs KazuzaBandia Namco
The relationship between father and son clearly hasn’t improved in Tekken 8.

Tekken 8 trailer

Our first peek at Tekken 8 was from the teaser trailer at EVO 2022. It was a brief teaser that harkened back to days of old with footage from the very first Tekken game.

Since this is a clip taken from the teaser’s showing at EVO, you can hear the crowd erupt after seeing this new and improved Kazuya that’s a clear step up from his Tekken 7 character model.

A little over a month after this Tekken teaser, we would get a full trailer for the next Tekken game that confirmed it to be the next big entry in the series.

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This trailer is real-time 60 FPS footage, meaning it isn’t pre-rendered like many game trailers. The final version, however, is subject to change.

We got to see the father and son rivals duke it out with some very familiar game mechanics in play. Electric attacks and slow-motion finishes were shown in the trailer.

As for the story, on December 9, 2022, Tekken 8 released a teaser trailer showcasing the narrative of the game, alongside some flashy gameplay animations and combos.

Then came the Tekken 8 keynote. Legendary Tekken developer Harada sat alongside Kohei Ikeda as the two introduced brand-new gameplay mechanics coming to Tekken 8.

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These included things like the brand new Heat System and all the moves that have come along with its implementation, a revised Rage system, Guard damage, and other quality-of-life improvements that set Tekken 8 apart from its predecessors.

Nina Williams also got a gameplay trailer of her own showing off her moveset with her character reveal. She’s the most recent addition to the roster, and is returning as a character that’s been in the series since its very first game.

You can watch her full reveal trailer here:

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